The U.S Embassy in Ghana has warned its citizens of a possible outbreak of violence after the Supreme Court pronounces judgment on the election on August 29.
According to the Embassy, there is potential increase in political tensions and the possibility of isolated violence associated with the anticipated announcement of the Ghanaian Supreme Court’s decision on the legal challenge to Ghana’s election results.
A release issued by the Embassy Monday, August 19, 2013, advised U.S nationals to avoid the offices of political parties, Ghana’s Supreme Court, the buildings of other institutions associated with the elections, and all political rallies.
Read the full statement below:
U.S. Embassy Ghana advises U.S. citizens of a potential increase in political tensions and the possibility of isolated violence associated with the anticipated August 29 announcement of the Ghanaian Supreme Court’s decision on the legal challenge to Ghana’s election results.
U.S. citizens in Ghana are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security/safety awareness during this politically-sensitive period. U.S. citizens in Ghana should avoid the offices of political parties, Ghana’s Supreme Court, the buildings of other institutions associated with the elections, and all political rallies.
We recommend that U.S. citizens in Ghana monitor the local news and avoid all demonstrations, as even those intended to be peaceful may suddenly turn violent.
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The U.S. Embassy in Ghana is located on No. 24, Fourth Circular Rd., Cantonments, Accra; mailing addresses: P.O. Box 194 Cantonments, Accra, Ghana. The Embassy telephone number is (233) 30-2741-000. The Embassy fax number is (233) 30-2741-389.
For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens should call (233) 30-2741-775 and ask to speak with the duty officer.